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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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    How many men have breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 1 answer
  • Maria Crespo Profile

    Does it hurt when they put in the port

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 4 years 6 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      My port was placed at the same time as my mastectomy. The area was sore for a while. I know some women get it placed and have chemo the same day. I've had it for 2 years now, and don't even know it's there. Prayers to you.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Mine was some under general anesthetic so I was sleeping. Didn't feel a thing.

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  • Kristin Nida Profile

    Does having breast cancer affect your period?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Chemotherapy can affect your period. Depending upon ones age, chemotherapy can thrust a patient into early menopause with all the "wonderful" side effects of menopause. The closer one is to menopausal age when starting chemotherapy, the less chance periods will return when treatment is finished.

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    • Nancy Snowden Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Tamoxifen also affects your period. I am 41 and have been on tamoxifen for two years. I have not had a period since October of last year. Each person is unique so be sure to check with your doctor.

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    Chances of surviving two breast tumors?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Our chances of survival are unpredicted with or without breast cancer. Having breast cancer sucks, but it does make you a stronger person than you realize and teaches you we all should cheerish each day as it is created for us. Strength, belief, trust in your team/treatment and positive...

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      Our chances of survival are unpredicted with or without breast cancer. Having breast cancer sucks, but it does make you a stronger person than you realize and teaches you we all should cheerish each day as it is created for us. Strength, belief, trust in your team/treatment and positive attitude will bring you the best out come. Prayers being sent your way. Hang in there.

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    • Marianne R. Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I'm ILC stage 3 today I'm cancer free. Tomorrow is a pretty good bet and I have vacation plans for this summer. I live every day leave very little on the table. I would love 40 years but that might not happen. If my cancer comes back I will fight like hell and win.

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